One for the Record Books

November 2017

B. L. Gray Jr. High Library Helpers Host Book Spine Poetry Café by Wenndy Pray

NJHS President and library aide Jihun Bae organized a Book Spine Poetry Café for students during their lunch times. Students explored their creative, poetic skills to form some of the greatest poetry on demand by aligning book spines of their choice. "I am very proud of Mr. Bae," shares Mrs. Pray, librarian, "Jihun was able to market the event by submitting live and silent announcements. He also created graphics that motivated students to attend. He is a leader in the library and in his class." Mrs. Pray and her Library aides create various events to promote library services and reading.

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SISD Librarian Meeting November 3rd @ David O. Garcia Memorial Library

Janie Flores hosted the November 3rd district librarian meeting at the David O. Garcia Memorial Library. Librarians had special consultant J'aime Quick Garcia aka Maker Maven present on maker spaces. Librarians were able to test drive various maker space stations. Kits can be ordered through Maker Maven.
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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian

salt to the sea by Ruta Sepetys

After several years of research traveling across the European continent Ruta Sepetys brings to light the little known story of the worst maritime tragedy in history, which resulted in the death of over 9,000 people. Sepetys tells the story through the eyes of four teenage alternating narrators: a Lithuanian nurse who is haunted by her past; a Prussian who has something Hitler wants; a Polish girl who is hiding her nationality; and a self-centered Nazi sailor. Their paths cross in the winter of 1945 as thousands of refugees, fleeing the Soviet advance, make their way to the coast for evacuation.

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RD Martinez Elementary Literacy Events

Book fair was a great success at RD Martinez Elementary. Many other activities were also occurring throughout the month. We had many parents and students visit us during our first Family Reading Night. It was a great turn out. Parents and students were also able to sign up for a McAllen Library card during our Family Reading Night.
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Students Expand their Minds by Reading @ Jensen Elementary

Students dress up like nerds and pose with their favorite books. Readers are leaders and achievers. Don't mess with these "nerds" in the future we know they will be successful.
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Congratulations HEB Read 3 Read In Grand Prize Winners

On Friday, September 22, 2017, more than 500 SA3 and Sharyland High School students participated. Students read about Pioneers in Science for a Google Classroom assignment. Students listened to MackinVIA audiobooks to help with language acquisition. Students read and revised college essays. Students read graphic novels in history class. Students enjoyed reading magazines and books of their choice. Students read biology notes. Students read and followed directions for BIMM assignments. Students read and wrote entries for the McAllen Youth Creative Writing Competition! STUDENTS were Reading. Thank you HEB for the $1000 cash award to be used towards student incentives.
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Reading is My Super Power

Wernecke 5th grade students receive AR Reading shirts for having earned more than 100 AR points so far this school year. They were delighted to earn this reward! Librarian Patricia Ramos makes sure readers are rewarded at Donna Wernecke Elementary.
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Author Xavier Garza Visits Shimotsu Elementary

One is of the author/illlustrator visit, Xavier Garza on November 10. Mr. Garza grew up in the Valley. He’s a prolific writer and illustrator whose books reflect his Mexican American heritage. He encouraged the students to write down ideas and stories regardless of how silly or outrageous they might be. He also entertained them with his own stories.
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Code Diamonds Receive Donation

The Code Diamonds received a $1,500 donation from the Mission Economic Development Corporation to help promote their computer science program at Pioneer High School. Sponsors: Monica Campbell (CTE Teacher) and Janie B. Flores (Librarian)
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Century Club Celebration at Bentsen Elementary

Bentsen students are very excited in meeting their century mark in Accelerated Reading. Students are even more excited in receiving their own Century Club shirt. The Century Club youngest member is a first grade who just meet his century mark this week. Bentsen Elementary is very proud of all our students enjoying the love of reading.

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O. Garza Students are Bear-y Good Readers!

Classes with the most students who made their AR goals were awarded gummy bear gift bags. This was an added incentive for students who made their AR goals for the 2nd six weeks. Classes also display a gold star outside of their room until the end of the six weeks.

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Ruben Hinojosa Elementary Hosts Author

Librarian Elizabeth Moreno worked diligently to get all the necessary paperwork complete for an author to visit students. She invited Xavier Garza. Mr. Garza was one of the featured authors to participate in the McAllen Book Festival.
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Google Slide Lesson Incorporated into Veterans Day @ John H. Shary

During a library lesson, students from 3rd-6th grade learned how to create a presentation using Google Slides. Students were able to explore and practice on the different features that Google Slides has to offer. For their assignment, each student created a slide thanking our Veterans for their service. All the slides were then put together to create a special presentation that was viewed during our Veterans Day assembly. Students loved using Google Slides and are anxious to use it again.

Local Author Visits and Encourages B. L. Gray Scholars To Write Their Story by Wenndy Pray

November is National Novel Writing month. Victoria Lopez, author of Fire In May, spoke to B. L. Gray scholars to inspire and encourage them to believe in themselves and to share their story through writing. Miss Lopez, who started writing by sharing poetry via Instagram, believes that teens have many stories to tell, and that their voices are worthy to be heard. Students were thrilled to have her on campus and were able to speak to her about her growth and fears as a writer and speaker.

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Jamie Corkhill speaks at Code the Region Workshop

Jamie Corkhill, Coding Connects Us Club President, speaks at the Region One Code the Region Workshop. Jamie was invited by Sylvia Escobar. Sylvia first met Jamie at the Hidalgo County School Librarians Coding Workshop last spring. The workshop was hosted by librarian Nicole Cruz. Nicole is the Coding Club sponsor for SHS/ SA3.
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SNJH Spanish Classes

Students displayed their Dia de los Muertos art projects at the library. Mr. Koenig has a great partnership with teachers and enjoys highlighting student work.
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SA3 Students travel to McAllen Book Festival

Librarians Nicole Cruz and Wenndy Pray took students on a field trip on Saturday, November 11th. Students were transported via bus to the McAllen Public Library. They were able to meet authors, illustrators, and exhibitors in person and attend panel discussions as well as book readings. Lunch and transportation was provided via the Books Comics Movies Club which serves both SA3 and SHS.
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3rd Place for RD Martinez HEB READ 3 READ IN

RD Martinez Elementary was also honored in receiving 3rd place in H-E-B Read 3 Read In. We had our teachers and students participate along with other students across the state of Texas reading together.
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Read to Succeed Like Oscar Cruz @ Jessie Jensen Elementary

Oscar Cruz is our new Jensen Diamondback Reader. He has already read more than 1 million words, but he'll continue to keep reading. Librarian Mr. Ramos presented him with new books as a reading incentive.
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Read Blue Outreach Project @ Shimotsu Elementary

The second image shows the number of cans and books that we collected for The Salvation Army. We collected 13 boxes of food and 3 boxes of books. We also celebrated our annual Character Parade on October 27 and the images you see are students and staff dressed as a book character.
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The Season of Giving @ Pioneer High School

PHS Book Club and PAWS Club members helped shop for 250 Salvation Army Angels during the Thanksgiving holidays! Quote from student Yessica Perez: “I never realized how lucky I am!” Quote from Sponsor J. Flores: “The greatest teaching tool is allowing students the opportunity to learn from giving to those less fortunate. So glad that our CTE Counselor, Renee Huddleston, keeps us all grounded in this Volunteering opportunity.”
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Boo Out Drugs During Red Ribbon Week

John H. Shary had a character parade to "Boo" out drugs for Red Ribbon Week. Students and staff who participated each chose a character from a book, dressed-up, and paraded through the school. We were all excited to participate in this fun, but educational activity.

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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

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